Two local amateur heavyweights play this Sunday in Feasterville for the right to advance to regional qualifiers in the U.S. Open Cup.
Phoenix SC will host United German Hungarians at 2 p.m. in the Eastern PA Open Cup Final, with the winner claiming bragging rights as not only the region’s best amateur team but also the opportunity to compete in the nation’s most prestigious soccer tournament. (Read a recap of their semifinal wins here.) The two squads have a renowned soccer history, with UGH having made it to the U.S. Open Cup finals in 1977 and 1993.
Eight amateur teams from the U.S. Adult Soccer Association will eventually compete in the U.S. Open Cup alongside 32 other teams, including eight from Major League Soccer. It’s not unheard of for amateur teams to progress deep into the tournament. Last year, the Seattle Sounders won the Cup, and the furthest advancing USASA team was Sonoma County Sol, which lost in the second round against the Portland Timbers of the United Soccer Leagues. The amateur Ocean City Barons of the USL’s Premier Development League – the fourth tier of American soccer – were the most successful local team, surprising many by making it to the third round before losing to D.C. United.